Advanced Placement / Physics

Spherical Mirror Reflection

In this lab, students use an optics light source, optics track, and half screen to measure the image and object distances associated with the real image formed by a concave spherical mirror and then use principles of reflection and the spherical mirror equation to determine the mirror’s radius of curvature.


Student Files

05_Spherical_Mirror_Reflection_013-14882A-CS.cap 9.60 KB
05_AP2_Spherical_Mirror_Reflection_S.docx 445.67 KB
05_AP2_Spherical_Mirror_Reflection_S.pdf 626.69 KB
05_Spherical_Mirror_Reflection_013-14882A-SV.spk2 5.74 KB

Standards Correlations

IB Topics AP Topics
C.1 6.E.4.1; 6.E.4.2

Featured Equipment

1.2 m Optics Track

This optics bench is used for lens and mirror experiments, inverse-square law, and diffraction/interference experiments.

Dynamics Track Optics Carriage

Dynamics Track Optics Carriages (Set of 4)

Allows students to use the Dynamics Track and PAStrack to be used as an optical bench.

Basic Optics Light Source

Basic Optics Light Source

An all-in-one bright point source, illuminated crossed-arrow object, primary-color source, and ray box with up to five parallel rays.

Many lab activities can be conducted with our Wireless, PASPORT, or even ScienceWorkshop sensors and equipment. For assistance with substituting compatible instruments, contact PASCO Technical Support. We're here to help.

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Source: Lab #05

Advanced Physics Through Inquiry 2

Spherical Mirror Reflection